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  Richard Rosenthal

Date of Birth: May 17, 1951
Department: Finance
Position: Vice President

Richard D. Rosenthal, 50 years old, lived in Fair Lawn, NJ with his wife, Loren, and two sons, Evan 18, and Seth, 14. He was vice-president of finance at Cantor Fitzgerald for the past 6 months.
Richard was a man with his values in the right place. Family, friends and community were of the utmost importance to him. He was incredibly devoted to his wife, children and parents. Richard and his wife made a great team dealing with their elder son’s Familial Dysautonomia, a serious genetic disease, but he always made the time to volunteer where he was needed. Richard served as the treasurer of the Dysautonomia Foundation for 15 years and was treasurer of the Fair Lawn Jewish Center for 4 years.
Richard was not a daredevil, but he did have a childlike adventurous streak. His nieces called him a man-kid because they saw his zest for life first-hand. He had a wonderful sense of humor prompting the planner for his 40th birthday party to utilize his favorite childhood TV show, “The Three Stooges” for a theme. For his 50th birthday party last May, his sister, Audrey Model, toasted her brother, saying she hoped he would always remain a man-kid. Richard did so, particularly on family vacations with his family. Last summer he coaxed his wife into trying white-water rafting on an Alaskan cruise and this past summer, Richard and his son, Seth, went parasailing in Ocean City, NJ.
Richard further showed his enthusiasm for life when he danced. He was a person that everybody would notice at his party, because he danced that well. In fact, he met his wife at a school dance when she was 14 and he was 17. They would have been married for 24 years.



Loren Rosenthal, Wife

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  Michael Rothberg

Date of Birth: May 27, 1962
Department: Portfolio Trading
Position: Managing Director

Mike loved his work at Cantor Fitzgerald and all the people around him were like family. Every summer he had a big theme party at his home in Old Greenwich, CT where he invited many of his Cantor friends as well as his close friends because he considered them all family.

He enjoyed Cantor so much that he brought his two cousins, Kurt and Derek, to work, help and learn on the trading desk. Derek even wrote an essay for college admission about working on the desk and thinking it might be his future.

Mike enjoyed helping everybody. He helped his friends start businesses, even his sister Rhonda. He even hosted his friends, Chris and Beth’s wedding at his home. All this was done quietly and without expecting any recognition. Mike enjoyed skiing, boating, running and was an avid spinner. Fun and friends went together. Mike was active in charity work such as raising money for Multiple Sclerosis in a bike-a-thon. He also helped to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Our last and fondest memory was this past July when we spent two weeks in Chatham, MA. On Cape Cod with Michael. The family was constantly together, along with Michael’s closest friends, enjoying the summer activities. This was the first time he had taken two weeks vacation and it was our last time together.

We miss you and will always love you, Michael.




THE MICHAEL C. ROTHBERG
SEPTEMBER 11TH MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

To cope with the events of September 11th and to comfort Michael’s family, his high school classmates, extended family and friends conceived and organized The Michael C. Rothberg September 11th Memorial Scholarship. Beginning in May 2002, a $2500 merit-based scholarship will be awarded to one college-bound member of the graduating class of Sharon High School, where Mike was a member of the class of 1980. Scholarship winners will exemplify, as did Michael Rothberg, academic promise, ethical conduct and service to community.

Through the generosity of many people, this scholarship fund will continue to honor Michael’s memory and inspire graduating members of Sharon High School to sustain his extraordinary spirit through their own aspirations and endeavors. Tax deductible donations are made payable and mailed to:

The Michael C. Rothberg
September 11th Memorial Scholarship
Post Office Box 116
Sharon, Massachusetts 02067


The scholarship committee will gladly mail acknowledgements to honor names or occasions supplied by the donor.


Mom, Dad and Rhonda, Michael’s Family

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  Bart Ruggiere

Date of Birth: October 15, 1968
Department: TradeSpark
Position: Broker

Bart was a person that left big footprints, a straw that stirred the drink in so many ways, a “gatherer”, of people that is, as one of his dear friends referred to him. Bart, in his uniqueness and energy and passion for enjoying life and people, was a reference point for many of us – you know, you should be more like Bart, Bart wouldn’t worry about that, Bart sure knows how to have fun, or I don’t know how Bart gets away with it, Bart always lands on his feet – Bart sure knows how to enjoy life – and whether you were of similar make-up as Bart or were somewhat more grounded, you gravitated to Bart and his happy-go-lucky ways.

In the ultimate acknowledgment of Bart’s individuality, he became his own adjective – things became “so Bart”! In between jobs and leasing a black Mercedes – so Bart. Eighty friends for a holiday party in a 700 square foot apartment – Bart. Seersucker suit and saddle shoes at your barbecue – totally Bart. It is because of Bart’s extraordinary personality and social skills and lovable swagger and the many other traits that made the instinctive
description of him – “Bart – he’s a great guy”. These same traits already make his absence that much more conspicuous and painful. I was so counting on that reference point having a huge impact on my kids and Bart’s other nieces and nephews, but they’ve been robbed of that now. And while we must and will go on, and while the departed are always missed, I fear that this hole in our hearts and our lives will never truly heal.

– Excerpt from eulogy given by Larry DeParis


Claudia Ruggiere, wife

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  Steven Harris Russin

Date of Birth: June 7, 1969
Department: Securities Lending
Position: Partner/Repo Sales

Steven, life is made up of memories of the past, the present and the future. We have lost the present and the future but we will always have the memories you created throughout your brief life.

We will always remember the day you were born. We will remember arm wrestling with your brother Barry. The many times we watched as you lit up a room with your humor and caring will be cherished memories. The day you got married and the happiness that you had that day will never be forgotten. The day that you cried helping Barry load his truck for his move to Maryland showed how much you cared for your brother. We remember the day Alec was born and how exited you were. No dad could have been happier. You loved to play with him. We will remember your last words to your mother, ” I love you Mom.”

We will hold on to each golden memory and cherish them all.

You will always be in our hearts. No one can ever take that away from us. While you are not here, we feel you all around us. We will always be together. You were a very special person. You are our beautiful and precious son.

Goodbye for now. We love you so very much.

Love,
Mom and Dad


Steven, we see you everywhere we look
But we cannot reach out and touch you

We hear your voice all the time,
But you cannot speak to us

We hold your children in our arms,
And you are not there to play with them.

We see the swing set standing lonely in your yard,
It cries for you.

The barbecue sits idle waiting for your return,
While the outdoor speakers are silent.

We look at your pictures,
And tears flow down our face.

Your brother holds back his tears,
While he thinks about you and misses you.

Your son sees you in a picture,
And wants his daddy back.

Your wife sits in your house,
Trying to make sense of this, but there is none.

We look for the building where you worked,
And it is not there.

We look for you everywhere,
But you are nowhere to be found.

We miss you so much.

You will never die,
For you live on in the hearts of those of us who love you.


Mom and Dad, Parents

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  Christina Ryook

Date of Birth: November 15, 1975
Department: Human Resources
Position: Administrative Assistant

Christina was born on November 15, 1975 in Seoul, Korea. She came to the United States with her parents at the age of four. As a child, Christina had a great affection for her grandfather and wanted to research Alzheimer’s to cure his disease “when she grew up”. After spending her earlier years at Bassett Elementary school, Christina attended Lee Burneson Middle School where she began her band career as a member of the clarinet section. During her high school years, her musical career flourished as she played the mellophone for the marching band, clarinet for the concert band, and percussion for the jazz band. After receiving her diploma from Westlake High School in 1994, Christina became a Wolverine at the University of Michigan. She was very involved with the Asian Organization on campus as an officer of the Asian American Association, Korean Students Association, and an active member of the United Asian Associations Organization. Also, Christina’s love for children motivated her to successfully organize the annual cultural program for adopted Korean children and work as a teacher at Jack and Jill Daycare Center throughout her college years. In 1998, Christina received her B.A. in Psychology from the university of Michigan and decided to work towards a double Masters in History and Education from Eastern Michigan University. After attending classes year-round, Christina broke from the monotony and headed towards the Big Apple where she began working for the human Resources Department of Cantor Fitzgerald Securities. On September 11, 2001, Christina was on the 104th floor of the World Trade Center starting another day at work…when she was taken from us. We love you Christina.


Dae Jin Ryook, Ryook Family

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  Donald Robertson

Date of Birth: December 24, 1965
Position: Broker

On September 11, 2001, Don Robertson, a 35 year old broker with Cantor-Fitgerald went to work on the 105th floor of World Trade Center tower one and was never heard from again. Don left behind his wife, Karen, and their four children, Michael, Matthew, Madison, and Kevin, ages 9 through 17 months.

Don was a great father who coached two hockey teams and helped Karen coach a soccer team. He loved his family and it definitely showed in his home. His house was a virtual fantasy land for children. He was always buying go-carts, kayaks, surfboards, fishing poles, etc., for him and his children to enjoy together. He didn’t do this to surround himself with “stuff,” he did it so his kids would stay close to home, and he could then stay close to his kids. His wife, Karen, was a stay at home Mom. Incredibly, she spoke at Don’s memorial service with their four children at her feet, praising Don’s love and commitment for his family.

Don was loved by everyone. He was an unbelievable friend to many. Anyone that he came into contact with was immediately taken with him. He possessed a personality and a smile that drew people to him. A great ice hockey player, Don always loved playing the game with his buddies a few times a week. Our hearts are broken, but the memories will keep us going on. God bless you, Don, and may you be up there scoring goals and entertaining all.


Karen Robertson, Wife

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  Antonio Rocha

Date of Birth: February 8, 1967
Department: Emerging Markets

Tony was a good husband and a good father to his 3 1/2 year old daughter Alyssa and his 7 month old son Ethan. All his clients tell me how he was a good person and how he built good friendships with them. He had a good heart and also a brilliant head. He will be very missed by his family.


Marilyn Rocha, Wife

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  Scott Rohner

Date of Birth: March 23, 1979
Position: Trader on the Foreign Exchange


Scott only lived to be 22 years old, but he accomplished more than most people accomplish in a lifetime. He grew up in a loving family, the fifth of six children, in River Edge, New Jersey. He attended River Dell High School, where he was the captain of the football and basketball teams, and later played both sports at Hobart College, where he majored in economics and minored in Americans Studies. He was an exceptional son, brother, cousin, nephew, grandson and loyal friend.

Scott loved life, and experienced more than many people do, because he had such a positive attitude. If you met Scott, you would be taken by his trusting eyes and warm smile. He chose to see the good in people. He never judged people, but respected them for their beliefs. He was smart, sensitive, funny, athletic and genuine. He was unselfish and compassionate. Everyone who met him admired and loved him because of his warm spirit and kindness.

He had a much to live for, and would have made great contributions to this world. He was far from ordinary, as everyone said who knew him. Even though he was only 22 when he died, he lived more, loved more and experienced more than many can say they have. He brought so much joy into our lives; it is hard to imagine that we can go on without him. Our hearts ache, but when we think of Scott, and his exceptional life, we smile.



The Rohners, family

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  Elvin Romero

Date of Birth: January 26, 1967
Department: International Equities
Position: Vice President

La vida te da sorpresas, sorpresas te da la vida…who knows what tomorrow will bring? Simple phrases that became my husband’s philosophy on life. Live each day to the fullest and enjoy it to the end. How glad I am that he felt that way and lived that way, for in his 34 years, he was a man who dreamt his dreams-and then made them come true. Long ago he dreamt of working on Wall Street and becoming a trader, and he did. He dreamt of falling in love and having a family, and he did. More recently, he dreamt of putting in an inground pool in our yard and swimming with Gabriella and Alexander, and he did. He dreamt of seeing Gabi start kindergarten with her head held high, and she did. Since he was a boy, he dreamt of owning a sports car, and all of those who knew him well knew he got that 2001 silver Corvette Z06. Elvin was a dreamer. He was also a proud, loving father…a dedicated son, brother, uncle, nephew and cousin…a devoted husband. He was and always will be my best friend, my soulmate. He taught each of us in his life a valuable lesson whether family, friend or simple acquaintance. Do whatever it takes to be happy in this life. His legacy lives on in all those who were touched by his magic and by his kindness. May we never forget to stop and appreciate the beauty that is each new day. Te quiero con todo mi corazon, mi amor.


Diane Romero, Wife

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  Angela Rosario

Date of Birth: November 2, 1973
Position: Traders/Broker’s Assistant, TradeSpark

Angela, our Angel

Angela Rosario was born on November 2, 1973, in New York City. She resided in the Lower East Side of Manhattan throughout her life. Angela attended Bellevue Day Care, P.S. 134, JHS 56, and graduated from Murray Bergtraum High School in June of 1991.

Angela always realized the importance and the need to further her education. In order to support her educational goals, she held several full time positions and attended school in the evenings. In June of 1999, Angela received her Associate of Arts Degree from Borough of Manhattan Community College. She was in the process of pursuing a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Psychology, at Hunter College.

As any teenager, Angela was ecstatic to commence on her working career. At the age of sixteen, she proudly accepted her first job at a summer youth program. Upon her high school graduation, she was hired by Nynex and later worked for Eurobrokers. Ultimately, she landed a position at Cantor Fitzgerald in 1997.

Angela had a need, a desire to help and care for others. Her desire to help people came naturally, and it was no surprise when she decided to major in Psychology. Many people were attracted to her inner beauty and magical way of making them feel special. She hoped to someday reciprocate her gift of love and kindness by professionally helping people in need.

Among her goal in life, Angela wanted more than anything to continue her educational career and relocate her mother from the Lower East Side to a house of her own in the suburbs.

Angela was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to pursue one of her many dreams – to travel. She often vacationed with her friends or family members. She particularly enjoyed traveling to different islands.


Ticey Rosario, Sister